Monthly Archives: May 2017

Safety is by Choice, Not by Chance.

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Phoenix Contact's Safety RelaysAre you selecting a safety relay just to meet the SIL3 requirements?

Who will be responsible for conducting the Proof Test to ensure it is still safety relays are still safe to use?

Which is critical? Safety relays without diagnostics or the Safety relays with diagnostics?

Safety is a Choice, Not by Chance

The graphics below explains the functional principle of the force guided /positive driven contacts in the event of a welded contacts and that’s where the normally closed contacts come into action to provide feedback to inform the system of the failure in relay contacts.

In this case when the relay is de-energized, the normally closed contact cannot close properly having a gap of 0.5mm.

Animation of how Force-guided relays work

Click the image to see the animation of how Force-guided relays work

Safety relays for ESD-Emergency Shut-Down Systems should have:

1) Force guided relay enables a feedback path just in case of welded contacts and eliminates the need for simplifies Proof Testing. (ESD-Emergency Shut Down and F&G-Fire & Gas systems)

Emergency Shut Down System Circuit

Emergency Shut Down System Circuit

Safety relays for F&G-Fire & Gas Systems should have:

The diagram below shows connection details for a safety relay used by Fire & Gas Systems. The Fire & Gas System is always on standby mode and it becomes more important to have multiple diagnostics to make sure the Fire and Gas System Safety Relay is still functional and all wirings are connected.

Fire & Gas System

Fire & Gas System

  1. Diagnostics for lost power input to field devices: Beacons, Solenoid Valves, Fire Alarm Bell.
  2. Field devices disconnection diagnostics.
  3. Short circuit field device diagnostics.
  4. Diagnostics for any welded contacts.
  5. Proof Test points (TP1, TP2, TP3) without the use of external power.
  6. All diagnostics via the same cable (A1,A2) by the use of test pulse filtering.
  7. Option for redundant connection (A1’, A2’).

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Withstanding Demanding Environments: How a power supply & terminal block went against the elements

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floating production storage and offloading

Onboard a floating production storage and offloading unit


  • The client, a Japanese international conglomerate specializing in electrical engineering and software systems, needed a compatible power supply that would complement their new I/O system.
  • The I/O system would be built specially for Maersk Oil, for their Culzean project – a gas field located in the UK Central North Sea.
  • Given the scale of the project and the cost incurred, the client needed a solution that is reliable – to withstand even the toughest of environments.
  • The power supply that the client requires would be used for a Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) tanker hence it must be able to meet specific requirements, without spending too much on cost and installation.

Project Profile

Maersk Oil is an international oil and gas company owned by the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, based in Denmark.

On 31 August, 2015, the UK Oil And Gas Authority approved a consortium headed by Maersk Oil going ahead with production at the Culzean oil and gas field about 150 miles southeast of AberdeenScotland in the North Sea.

The high-pressure, high-temperature field held the equivalent of about 300 million barrels of oil and, when it reached peak production in 2020 or 2021, was expected to produce enough gas to meet 5% of the UK’s needs.

Challenge: Building an I/O system that could endure demanding environments

The Culzean Project, upon its completion, would meet 5% of the total gas demands in the UK.

Because of the potential high expectations, the project is estimated to be costing 3 billion pounds.

With the project’s valued cost, it was challenging to identify suitable hardware that could meet the client’s cost requirements.

The client wanted a reliable power supply, which could sustain harsh environments, and to install those power supplies with dependable accessories – all of which is to support the I/O system.

Finding a robust power supply is key because a shutdown of the I/O system would restrict operations. In a project such as Culzean, mistakes could spell disaster.

Industrial power supplies which meet such demands are uncommon in the market.

Moreover, in order to reduce cost, the power supply would also have to be packaged together with its set of complementary accessories which must also adapt to physically demanding environments.

Read more on how we solved the issues faced in the Culzean Project and the feedback received

Phoenix Contact’s PLC: Water Pump Control for Junction Square, Myanmar

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Junction Square, Yangon

Junction Square, Yangon

Do you know that Phoenix Contact has an office incorporated in the heart of Yangon?

If you were not aware, where were you!

Not only have we worked with clients all throughout Myanmar but we’ve also successfully sold our controllers (ILC 131 ETH) for a water pump application use in Myanmar’s Junction Square.

Read more on how we’ve helped Junction Square, Yangon

What is Industrial Automation: How IIOT & Automation are related(Part 3)

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In the last two articles, we discuss the basic definition of automation as well as the advantages of running an automated system.

For this final article, we will be looking at the different types of Automation Systems and also case studies of the clients who have automated their manufacturing and production plants with great success.

Through this final part on automation, we hope that if you will consider automating your business and if you require assistance, help is on your side!

Read more on the Types of Automation System and Actual Case Studies here

Drive the Automotive Industry with Phoenix Contact’s Data Connectors

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Automative Assembly Line
The Automotive industry is one of the highest revenue-generating industries in the world. In 2016, about 95 million cars were manufactured. Thailand is the biggest country for the automotive industry in South East Asia and the 12th largest in the world as of 2015.

About 2 million vehicles are manufactured annually in Thailand.

Automotive manufacturers are adopting automation for a more cost-efficient way to make vehicles. By replacing human with robotic technology, the company would be able to save on wages and related costs such as insurance, medical leave, employee’s benefits as well as taxes. This shifts the labour intensive production to a data-driven production.

Phoenix Contact solution to secure data transmission

Push-pull Advance Connector

Push-pull Advance Connector

Phoenix Contact’s Push-Pull Advance data connector is 360 degree shielded and is able to transmit data up to 1 Gbit/s. Field assembly without special tool is possible with QUICKON connection technology. It also has production indicator for traceability.

Push-Pull Advance data connector is equipped with a locking system to increase the security of the connector. To lock/unlock, use a screw driver to shift the orange catch to the respective indication.

Push-pull advance connector handling

Keen to find out more? We will be having a booth (3D15) at Manufacturing Expo in Bangkok, Thailand, where we will be showcasing more products on smart connectivity.

Venue: BITEC
Date: 21- 24 June 2017

* Manufacturing Expo is Thailand largest manufacturing exhibition. It consists of 7 sub-shows
InterPlas Thailand, for plastics parts production
InterMold Thailand, for mold and die manufacturing
Automotive Manufacturing, for Automotive Parts Manufacturing
Assembly and Automation Technology, for Automation and Assembly Technology
Surface & Coatings, for Surface Treatment, Paints, & Coatings
NEPCON Thailand, Assembly, Measurement and Testing Technologies for Electronics Manufacturing
Mfair, Business Matching Platform for Manufactures’ Network in Asia

We hope to see you there!

Case Study: Retail Giant, Aeon, Automates Lighting System With Phoenix Contact Solution

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  • Aeon, the biggest shopping center in Johor, Malaysia, needed a solution to centralize their  Existing Car Park Area, Extended New Car Park Zone & Shopping Mall Corridors Lighting Monitoring & Control system. Previously, their lighting controls were operated manually by switching the lights via a “ON/OFF” switch.
  • The client was also searching for an alternative to reduce operational cost without compromising on safety and reliability.
  • Phoenix Contact’s Malaysia team met their needs by producing a complete solution that reduced cost without substituting on safety and reliability.
  • By utilizing Phoenix Contact’s solution, the client could now control their lighting centrally using pre-programmed scheduler to automatically switch the lights on or off without the need of additional manpower and monitor the system for lighting breakdowns or power outages.
  • The client also achieved a decrease in energy consumption, essentially lowering the cost of operations.
  • Overall, besides reducing their electricity intake and operational time, our solution allowed them to save cost in complex installations, hardware purchases, and future maintenance.

Customer Profile

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The client, AEON, is the largest retailer in Asia with a retail network comprising around 300 consolidated subsidiaries and 26 equity-method affiliated companies ranging from convenience stores, supermarkets, and shopping malls.

One of their subsidiaries is located in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Officially opened in 2006, the shopping center is the biggest mall in Johor to date. It boasts the biggest hypermart and is located at Johor’s affluent area, making it the most visited mall especially on weekends.

Being a premium shopping center in Johor, they needed to explore options towards electrical efficiency and ensure this undertaking do not dampen the experience of their visitors.

Challenge: Improve energy and system efficiency without disrupting shopper’s experience

The client needed a Lighting Monitoring & Control System to reduce the operational expenditure of running a shopping mall. Since they operate from 10 am to 10 pm (which means that they’ll be switching the lights on at 8 am and will close later than 10 pm), they will have electricity running almost more than 12 hours a day.

Read more on how we’ve helped AEON Malaysia save more while doing less

The NEW Universal Electronics Housing: Embedded System Smart Packaged

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The new UCS Housing

The Universal Case System, by Phoenix Contact

Specific solutions often require very specific housing designs.

The concept for the new universal electronics housing (UCS) from Phoenix Contact makes it easy for equipment manufacturers to source for suitable packaging for their embedded system.

Trends such as industry 4.0, Internet of Things, LTE (Long Term Evolution – 4th generation mobile communications) and Smart Home are increasingly utilizing the networking of electronics.

The devices used are based on embedded systems.

New application fields create a large number of electronic assemblies. Because of this, it is often difficult to find a suitable housing.

With its flexible PCB mounting system, the new UCS by Phoenix Contact helps device manufacturers to implement the application quickly and hassle free.

Find out why you should consider our latest UCS in your embedded projects

What is Industrial Automation: How IIOT & Automation are related(Part 2)

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In the last post, we explained the basics of Industrial Automation and why industries are shifting towards this new concept.

This week, we will be diving on the advantages of Automation and the hierarchies of an automation system, to provide fundamental knowledge regarding this concept that is taking over at a fast pace.

Why are industries turning towards Automation? (Advantages of Automation System)

Because of the evident benefits that businesses have seen when they migrated towards automation, there is no reason not to adopt these technologies.

Curious to know how automation can help your business like the countless of other businesses? Read on

The Open World of Automation

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Designed for Future Ready

PLCnext Technology: open control platform for future-proof automation

In recent years, automation technology has undergone rapid changes.

Examples of this include the Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0 or the constantly growing threat posed by unauthorized access attempts and malware.

What does all this mean for manufacturers and users?

And what opportunities could arise from such technological developments?

The new PLCnext Technology for the up-and-coming controllers from Phoenix Contact provides practical answers.

Like its customers, Phoenix Contact as a traditional manufacturer and a driving force for innovation in automation technology is constantly trying to determine which future trends are really relevant and which solutions the current and future market will expect.

It is important to identify the individual aspects of new technological trends and to then determine their impact on the daily work of developers and the needs of users.

In order to identify the key characteristics of a modern control architecture, the specialists at Phoenix Contact have examined the requirements of both long-term users and sales partners.

Phoenix Contact Relationships

Continuous partnership means forging trust and reinforcing value.

Read more on Phoenix Contact’s PLCnext Technology

Cost Savings Through Optimising Space Usage

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Trying to save cost by using less cabinets or smaller junction boxes in order to better optimize your plant in terms of space as well as maximized the energy and cabling installation cost for signal conditioning?

Phoenix Contact MACX Phoenix Contact Mini Analog Pro

Phoenix Contact’s MACX / MINI Analog is your solution.

Phoenix Contact has an Innovative way to maximized space, wiring installation and energy cost for better return of your plant investments.

First and foremost, Phoenix Contact has…

Slimmest worldwide with width of 12.5 mm
User Benefit: Space saving in the cabinet up to 30% space

MACX Space saving

Lower power consumption using Low loss Technology (Patented)

User Benefit: Longer operational lifetime of the devices and less ventilation of the cabinet required resulting in savings in energy cost.

Mini Analog Pro Heat Signature

Mini Analog Pro Heat Signature

Power bridging from “bottom”

User Benefit: Reduced wiring for power distribution, fast installation, hot-swap replacement, expansion-options by bridging and saves time and money!

Conventional Daisy Chain Power Distribution

Conventional Daisy Chain

Conventional Daisy Chain

Power Bridging using T-BUS connector and Supply Module


MACX Supply and Error Message

From highly compact 12.5 mm signal conditioners and functionally safe signal conditioners to signal isolators for intrinsically safe circuits in hazardous areas, Phoenix Contact signal conditioner range offers a solution for all applications in Analog signal conditioning.

User Advantages:

  • Space savings in the cabinet up to 30% space.
  • Longer operational lifetime of the devices and less ventilation of the cabinet required resulting in savings in energy cost.
  • Reduced wiring for power distribution, fast installation, hot-swap replacement, expansion-options by bridging and saves time and money!

 If you would like to know more about this product, please feel free to send us an enquiry at and a road show can be arranged to discuss in more detail with your team.